When patients experience cartilage defects within a joint, joint preservation techniques may be used as an alternative to surgery to preserve the joint and to restore function. Articular cartilage is the cartilage that covers the bony surface of joints. When damaged or worn away, the affected joint becomes painful, and stiff, with limited range of motion. Our Biologic Joint Preservation Program restores articular cartilage to relieve pain, improve function and delay or prevent arthritis. Click on this biological joint preservation options link to learn more.
Our innovative joint preservation procedures include:
- Autologous chondrocyte implantation. Healthy tissue is removed, cultured and then implanted within the damaged joint to promote healing and regeneration.
- Osteochondral autograft transplantation. Healthy cartilage is grafted from one area of the joint and transferred to the damaged area of the joint. The graft is removed as a cylindrical plug of cartilage and underlying bone and matched with damaged area and transplanted into place.
- Osteochondral allograft transplantation. A tissue graft is taken from a deceased donor and is used to repair the damaged joint cartilage. Allograft is typically used if the cartilage defect is too large for an autograft.
- Platelet Rich Plasma. Platelets initiate repair and attract the critical healing assistance of stem cells. A small sample of blood is drawn and the platelets are extracted. The concentrated platelet rich plasma (PRP) is injected into the damaged joint, encouraging healing and strengthening in a natural way.
- Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cells. Stem cells live inside all of us and are responsible for healing injured bone, ligaments, tendons, and tissues. As joints degenerate, stem cells are unable to effectively heal the body. By introducing new stem cells where they are lacking, the body can begin to heal itself without the use of invasive surgery.
Dr. Frank McCormick is South Florida’s leading provider of biologic joint preservation. An academic leader within the orthopedic field, he provides the latest approaches to joint preservation. Dr. McCormick is proud to offer biologic joint preservation procedures that are not offered by other orthopedic physicians. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and be one step closer to pain free living.